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Seven-son flower

Heptacodium miconioides

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The tiered branches of this fast-growing species are covered with white blossoms for over a month, starting in late summer. The flowers fade to reveal fuchsia calyxes that persist well into autumn. The pale, peeling bark can be exposed by pruning the lower branches of the interior. Although the form of the species is variable (single or multi-stemmed), it can usually be pruned into an elegant vase-shaped specimen, or maintained as a shrub.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpecimen tree with drought and salt tolerance.

PropagationSow seed indoors when fresh; take softwood cuttings in spring.

  • Genus : Heptacodium
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fruit, Showy Seed Heads
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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  1. elissajury 09/26/2016

    I have had this tall shrub, (small tree), for the last 10 years in zone 5-4. It is planted right next to my deck and is about 15 feet tall. I LOVE the September fragrant flowers and the fact that they are so beloved by bees, other pollinators and hummingbirds. Additionally the post bloom show of purple red calyxes is incredibly lovely and incomparable to any other plant. I find the leaves not so attractive but fascinating in their unusual veining. I am hoping it does as well in partial shade, as a Linden tree is rapidly adding shade to its habitat. It grows in sandy acidic soil. It showed no ill effects from the soil compaction necessary while building the deck.

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